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Officials: SC Trooper killed making household repairs

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A Trooper with South Carolina Highway Patrol was killed Sunday night in an off-duty incident, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Lieutenant Corporal Frank Murphy, 58, killed in an accident while making household repairs. Officials haven't released much information about the accident, but say that it is under investigation by the Chester County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office.

Murphy was a member of Troop Four, which covers the Chester/Fairfield area. He originally joined the Highway Patrol in 1977, officials said.

He retired in 2001, but returned to the Patrol in 2005.

"This is a very sad day for the Department of Public Safety family," said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. "Frank Murphy had dedicated his life to the South Carolina Highway Patrol and truly loved his job. He was well-respected in his community and with his fellow troopers."

"Our troopers are very saddened by the loss of one of their own," said Col. Mike Oliver, SCHP Commander. "The Highway Patrol is a family and when we lose someone within our ranks, it takes a tremendous toll on us all. We will do all that we can to support Frank's family during this difficult time."

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